November 19, 2007


This is how the drinking fountains are set up at the health club I go to every morning. On some mornings, there will be a line three deep for the higher water fountain, while the shorter one remains empty.

I am guilty of this as well. Why? Subconsciously, I think that the water in the higher fountain is better, cleaner, colder. Yet, intellectually I know that's absurd. Is it a spatial issue? Do I not like having someone so close to my back? If the nozzle was on the other side, would I prefer the shorter fountain? I suppose some people could have back problems. But that's not my excuse.

Any other theories? Are we all just crazy?


Matt said...

I'm not crazy. I like the taller fountain because I don't have to bend as far.

Sabai said...

these people aren't 6'11"

Melvin Ram said...

It's probably a personal space / bubble thing. I don't being all up in someone's space... nor do I want someone in my space when I'm bending down to drink some water.

Justin Elder said...

It's the same reason for not using the smaller urinal because we think it's for kids or those that can't "reach" the higher one. Superiority